We are a body of believers in Christ who gather together to love and serve Portland, Maine.

We are a group of people who desire to honor God through loving each other well and pursuing ways to serve those around us. It is our hope that the Holy Spirit impacts each and every person who participates in the church by stirring their affections for Christ. Everyone is created in the image of God, but we as humans can tarnish what he created. We realize that God the Father has a plan for us to be the best version of us, but we must trust Him to convict and reveal to us how His truth applies in our lives. So we aim to improve what He created by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us.


We believe that Jesus calls us to seek the welfare of the community in which we live.


We aim to create an experience of grace within our church to help the people feel the love of Christ from each other, be the love of Christ to each other and stir the love of Christ in each other.


The good news of Jesus’ teaching is revealed through the Bible.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
JOHN 10:10


We realize there is no way to work our way into good standing with God. But God’s grace is freely attainable through the work, life, death and resurrection of Christ. This grace is a fundamental element of our church and our interactions.


Lead Pastor

Paupers’ Chapel is led by the Lead Pastor Josh Phillips. Josh and his family enjoy living in Maine and have been residents since 2012. He has a heart to influence a person’s understanding and experience of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by helping his church understand how the Bible is applied to everyday life. He faithfully served in many areas of leadership for 10 years at The Village Church in Texas. His ministry experience combined with the several successful business he has started (service industry & environmental engineering firm) help to create a preaching and leadership approach that understands the real life struggles and joys of everyday life.


The vision for Paupers’ Chapel is to create a intimate experience with Christ through smaller church gatherings. As we grow in size, we will create additional parishes to keep the feel of our church intimate. We do not aim to be a mega-church of one building with 500 people. But instead we hope to be 5 locations with 100 people. This will take time, but we are confident the next 5-10 years will see this vision unpacked.

We always want the people to have access to the pastor and be able to know each other by name. A church that breaks bread with each other at our homes and at the service. A group of people who laugh and cry together, rejoice and confess with each other and who always create a welcoming environment to anyone looking to understand Paupers’.

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Acts 2:46-47


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Google Map of Samuel Wilde Memorial Chapel, Portland, Maine 04103
Visit Us

Wilde Memorial Chapel
576 Stevens Ave
Portland, Maine 04103

Paupers’ meets at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery. Parking is available inside the cemetery and along Stevens Ave.


Sunday at 10:00am

  • Childcare provided for ages 18 months to 7 years
  • Service lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Casual Attire

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For questions about the church please email To reach our Lead Pastor Josh Phillips: or 207.256.9156


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